In the early years play and learning should be terms that are used fluidly as they are truly one in the same, but often I hear people state there is no time in our schedules left to play. I promise you that with little tweaks in your schedule and curriculum there is room to play all day long. Our new book Exploring Books Through Play: 50 Activities Based on Books About Friendship, Acceptance and Empathy is filled with hands-on activities rooted in play that focus on creating a well-rounded early childhood education supporting growth in literacy, mathematics, science, emotional and social development, artistic expression, sensory exploration, gross motor development and fine motor skills.
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A SNEAK PEEK AT EXPLORING BOOKS THROUGH PLAY: 50 ACTIVITIES BASED ON BOOKS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP, ACCEPTANCE AND EMPATHY
One of the hardest parts of creating this book was reading through all the amazing children’s literature that exists and narrowing our list down to 10 books. As classroom curriculum becomes more focused on academics, social and emotional development can get lost in the shuffle. This is why our first book in what I hope will be a long running series focuses on friendship, acceptance and empathy. If we can support children in understanding the importance of these values then we succeed as educators, parents and caregivers. The 10 books include A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Boy + Bot, Little Blue and Little Yellow, Red: A Crayon’s Story, Chrysanthemum, The Day the Crayons Quit, Leonardo the Terrible Monster, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Whoever You Are and Penguin and Pinecone.
Exploring Books Through Play uses children’s literature as the jumping off point for engaging children in fun, hands-on activities that help children and adults delve deeper into the characters and lessons, bringing the stories to life and falling further in love with literature. Your children will bring the characters to life while learning about magnets as they create their own robots after reading Boy + Bot. They will get their bodies moving as they race around searching for the letters of their name and then learn to create name bar graphs and discuss their observations following a reading of Chrysanthemum. Children will focus on self-worth as they create name art filled with all the things that make them special, while also instilling the importance of helping others by reading A Sick Day for Amos McGee and creating handmade notecards to brighten someone’s day.
Each chapter includes 5 activities for each of the 10 children’s books. The activities are perfect for children ages 3-8, can be used in small groups or as a whole class, and are easily adapted to a home or classroom setting. If you want a book that will excite you and your children about learning through play then please buy the book today.
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